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Otto Nicolai

Mass in D-Major

Vienna Boys Choir, Vienna State Opera men's choir, Choralschola of the Imperial Court Chapel, Members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Erwin Ortner, Jeremy Joseph

Otto Nicolai (1810–1849)

Mass in D-Major

Composed 1832, Revised 1844
The mass in d major, composed in Posen during Otto Nicolais younger years, is the only mass amongst his sacred works, otherwise containing a Te Deum, psalm settings and various other sacred pieces. A thorough revision of the work was carried out in 1844 in Vienna, incorporating the learnings of a multiannual stay in Italy. This revised edition was premiered on the 27th of April 1845 in the Wiener Hofburgkapelle, under the baton of Ignaz Aßmayr. Otto Nicolai connected with the city of Vienna over multiple longer periods of residence during which he was involved in establishing the philharmonic concerts, which at a later point led to the emergence of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. His consequent affinity towards diverse orchestral stylistic devices can be heard in his viennese version of the mass in d-major. Particularly distinctive is the "Gloria", succeeding a devout "Kyrie" with a fanfare calling for the choir to tune into the grand "Gloria in excelsis deo". The romantic "Benedictus" demonstrates anew the crucial role of the orchestra with the utilization of soloistic horns, woodwinds and a solo-violin. The mass resolves with a tranquil "Agnus Dei", reflecting on the sentiment of the masses "Kyrie".

Dr. Karl Pfannhauser, Sebastian Bürger (red.), Translation: Patrick Malik

Conductor: Erwin Ortner
Organist: Jeremy Joseph
Choir: Vienna Boys Choir, Vienna State Opera men's choir, Choralschola of the Imperial Court Chapel ​​​​​
Orchestra:  Members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

 

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Vienna Boy's Choir and the String section of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra